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Our Amazing Grasslands - Effling Family ~ Britton, SD

Effling family in pasture with cows in background


"I changed my focus from working on the cattle to working on the land. We've seen where that has really benefited the soil and benefited the cattle."

Ray Effling

Pictured are Olivia, Lyndsey, Emily, Marci, Ray, Carter, and Austin Effling.

In this six minute video release, we visit with the Effling family of Britton, South Dakota. The Effling family began focusing on the land and have seen the benefits to their soil and livestock firsthand. The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC) partnered with the organizations listed below to enhance the Grassland Planner with a release of a short video story each month during 2022 promoting healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems. Please enjoy the "Our Amazing Grasslands" feature story for August 2022.

2022 Grassland Stewardship Communications Project Partners:  SDGC, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and South Dakota State University.

The 2022 Grassland Planner is now available! For a PDF copy, visit the South Dakota NRCS Publication Web page: For a physical copy, contact the NRCS State Office at (605) 352-1200.

If you missed previous "Our Amazing Grassland" stories, the links are below:

The 2022 Our Amazing Grassland stories: 

January:  Smikle Family

February:  Zuya Sica Ranch

March:  Moore Family

April:  Hansen Family

May:  Boylan Family

June:  Neuharth Family

July:  Thompson Family

Our Amazing Grassland stories: 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021